How can we know our victories? I hear a lot of complaints about the Iowa poets (I have participated sometimes) from the 1970’s. A kind of McPoem (ala Mr. Hall) narrative, easily digested etc. Now Iowa is on the other side. Mostly avant guarde inspired/influenced poetry. Iowa has power. Iowa is bringing the avant strategies […]

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Wondering and worrying audience. The creation of audience versus the packaging of poetry for an audience. Writing for other poets versus writing for????? Sometimes non-readers of poetry (close friends) say they feel unintelligent because they don’t get process oriented poetry. I don’t want anyone to feel stupid and unworthy, including myself. I am driven to […]

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Group Identity

Group identification seems to get a bad name (NY School, Language Poetry etc.) Why is that? Originality/indvidualism/ego? Of course classification enhances and limits the work of the artist. Over and over again I hear muscians getting mad with labels (not alt country just good music). Don’t we have to classify and label in order to […]

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Headspace

FIFA is playing downstairs on the PS 1. I need distraction sometimes. Leisure has such bad connotations for me. I see well to do English chaps playing badminton. Quite a tightrope. Labor and leisure. Looking at independent secondary schools for a teaching gig. I like teaching all in all. I need headspace for writing poetry. […]

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Cortez the killer

Graded 44 essays for my existentialism class (a freshman seminar). The essays were on free will (since existentialism hinges on complete free will and responsibility. You can’t be responsible for actions/choices unless you have free will). Most of the students believed they had very limited free will. The few that believed in free will took […]

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